COLUMN


10/13/2010 11:40pm

Foreign theories while abroad

My host dad has a penchant for conspiracy theories. Most are passed on to me at the dinner table and seem to come at just the right moment for me to nearly choke every time. Some are pretty mundane and, to be honest, not very original. He insisted that the moon landing was faked. This little heresy can easily be attributed to an excess of History Channel and is not that shocking.


10/11/2010 10:41pm

Time to converse outside of comfort

Sometimes there’s a lull in those passing conversations in which the speakers involved experience a moment of hesitation, painfully highlighted by a scream of silence in the midst of mundane sounds.


10/10/2010 10:33pm

The rules of sexual attraction

Have you ever wondered why you’re so attracted to that person in your class that you’ve never even spoken to? Sure, a lot of it might have to do with the fact that they’re smokin’ hot — but is there something else going on?


10/7/2010 10:32pm

America: the story of some of us

These are the true stories of three American youths. Each has his or her own tale, but today when we hear their stories they are underscored by one descriptive factor: the immigrant experience.


10/5/2010 10:31pm

Sweet southern satisfaction

At every football game, we sing about being “Tar Heel born” and “Tar Heel bred.” Even if our place of origin isn’t the South, we become southerners here.


10/3/2010 11:15pm

An Argentine take on family

At first, when the 32-year-old son of my host parents came by the apartment for lunch, I assumed that it was perhaps a special occasion or that he was just stopping by to meet their new American tenant.


9/30/2010 10:06pm

Greater decency for dining halls

Beginning today, a group of nine sophomores and one doctoral student will make a weekly visit to Caswell County. The students are part of a new initiative that works to improve rural education by mentoring middle school students.


9/30/2010 12:25am

Universities shouldn't hide behind FERPA

Students don’t have to worry about the University releasing their grades or academic behavior records to the public without their permission. But the same federal law that protects that information has been broadened and abused by universities to withhold public records — records that if released, could help bring clarity and transparency to government processes.


9/27/2010 11:20pm

Was one face not like the others?

When DTH editors ran their “Connecting the Dots” graphic last Thursday, their aim was to present a digestible yet comprehensive summary of the NCAA and University investigation into our football team.


9/26/2010 10:35pm

Find comfort in the chaotic

They say if you don’t like the weather in North Carolina, just wait five minutes. Of course, the exception is the one time you leave your umbrella at home while you go golfing, it will surely rain all day, without warning.


9/23/2010 10:26pm

From defeat, a unified struggle

This week, we witnessed an example of American government at its worst. In a hasty attempt to garner votes for the midterm elections, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., attached two controversial amendments to an otherwise incontrovertible piece of legislation.


9/21/2010 10:56pm

It takes pride to be a GDI

Which frat are you joining? Pi Lambda Phi? Sigma Nu? Some other combination of letters from the Greek alphabet? When I say that I’m not joining and that I prefer to remain unaffiliated, the conversation with some Greeks stops — but not abruptly.


9/20/2010 10:04pm

Can you really have love at first sex?

I’ll admit it. I’ve had sex on the first date. Actually, I’ve had sex before the first date, or any dates for that matter. Ok, I agree it’s not terribly earth-shattering. A lot of people enjoy casual, non-romantic sex, but I get the same question over and over: “Don’t you want a boyfriend?” to which I respond with a firm and decidedly non-desperate “Yeah. Sure.”